The elusive Friday post makes a reappearance!
About a month ago, my blog reading took me to The Lean Green Bean. I had been there before, but something caught my eye for the first time: foodie pen pals.
Foodie pen pals is a program Lindsay set up to give bloggers and readers around the country (and world!) the chance to send and receive packages of fun food items. Since I’m always up for discovering new food but operate on a pretty limited grocery budget, this sounded right up my alley.
This month, I received my package from a blog reader, Natalie. Let’s take a look!
Natalie was in Washington when it came time to send the packages, so all of my treats came from the Pacific Northwest. Growing up, the majority of my family vacations involved trips to Seattle, as my dad’s entire side of the family lives in that area (as you may remember, I also went to Seattle this past December). I was thrilled to see some familiar Washington food items as well as make some new discoveries when I opened my package.
Without question, I was most excited about the Aplets bar from Liberty Orchards Natalie included in my package. Aplets and Cotlets are the JAM, but I’ve never seen them anywhere in the Midwest. I ate that bar the day my package arrived. I had the Willamette Valley Granola Chips last Saturday, and they were amazing. They were the perfect snack: sweet, satiating, and granola-y. I’m currently working my way through the Sahale Snacks Sahale Crunchers snack mix as part of my daily afternoon snack. The mix is perfectly sweetened with maple and bits of dried fruit, but the glazed almonds are definitely my favorite part. This snack mix totally knocks it out of the park. I’m saving the Orchard Bar (also from Liberty Orchards) for later, but it definitely looks tasty!
I actually haven’t tackled too much of this part of the package yet. The wheat berries on the left have also found their way into my daily afternoon snack. Their saltiness makes for a great contrast to the sweet Sahale Crunchers snack mix, and I’ve found that the more I eat them, the more their flavor reminds me of popcorn. The honey sticks near the top of the picture are cherry, peach, and raspberry. I remember having these as a little kid, but it’s been a long time since I ate one. I had the cherry a couple days ago and it was delightful. I have yet to break into anything else shown here.
I highly recommend signing up for foodie pen pals. Getting this package felt like my birthday was arriving a month early and introduced me to all sorts of food I’d never have access to. If you want in, here’s the lowdown, courtesy of Lindsay:
-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.
If you’re interested in participating for September, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.
You must submit your information by September 4th as pairings will be emailed on September 5th!
*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!
Have you ever done a pen pal program?
What would you hope to get in your package if you were a foodie pen pal?